365 Days of Disaster: Congressman Rehberg's Failed First Year on the Campaign Trail
One day after an Associated Press investigation found that Dennis Rehberg hid tens of thousands of dollars in cash from lobbyists, today the millionaire Congressman marks the one-year anniversary of his U.S. Senate campaign.
And what a year it's been.
The Montana Democratic Party today released a video highlighting Rehberg's most memorable, out-of-touch moments from the past year:
“From calling Pell Grants ‘welfare’ to supporting an unpopular federal land-grab bill that undermines our rights, Congressman Rehberg has shown all of us how out of touch he is with Montana values--over and over again,” said Ted Dick, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Montanans deserve someone who stands for their values in Washington--not Dennis Rehberg, who was forced to drop a lawsuit against Billings firefighters."
2011: A year of blunders for Congressman Dennis Rehberg:
February 6, 2011: Congressman Rehberg announces his candidacy for United States Senate alongside controversial presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. Bachmann had just proposedcutting $4.5 billion in veterans' benefits.
February 8, 2011: Rehberg makes national headlines for suggesting that judges should be on the Endangered Species Act.
April 1, 2011: Rehberg calls Pell Grants “the welfare of the 21st century."
April 28 2011: Congressman Rehberg tells the Missoula City Club that although he is one of thewealthiest members of Congress, he is "struggling like everybody else” and "cash poor.”
September 2011: Montanans of all political backgrounds criticize Rehberg's controversial sponsorship of his unpopular HR 1505, legislation that would give one federal agency the power to seize public lands in Montana.
October 8, 2011: The Associated Press notes that Rehberg has held "far more infrequent" public events in Montana. Shortly thereafter, Rehberg stood by as a uniformed sheriff removed a Montana Democratic Party employee from Rehberg's so called "public" event.
November 11, 2011: Amid a sea of controversy, Rehberg is forced to drop his wildly unpopular, 15-month lawsuit against Billings firefighters.
February 5, 2012: An Associated Press investigation finds that Rehberg hid tens of thousands of dollars campaign contributions, even as he criticizes others for taking campaign contributions.